Local councillors have given their backing to a world class Jack Nicklaus golf course in Stonehaven at an Area Committee meeting at Viewmount on Tuesday.
The application is for a 18 hole golf course with 90 enabling houses and is now due to go to Full Council in April with the recommendation for appoval from Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee.
Jonathon Milne, director of FM Group said: “We are thrilled that the area committee has seen the bigger picture and has unanimously supported our proposals for a world-class, Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. This helps set the right tone for the decision by the full council in April. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a truly spectacular golf development, with the historic Ury House at its heart, will create jobs and revenues for Stonehaven, the wider region and indeed Scotland for years to come.”
In a report to councillors the application was recommended to be referred to full council for refusal.
The report states: “The proposed development will result in significant woodland loss at Slicewells Wood, which is Ancient Woodland of Long Established Plantation Origin dating back over 140 years. This is a large and rare example of this class of woodland and its permanent loss cannot be adequately mitigated or compensated.”
The application had support from Stonehaven and District Community Council and councillors on Tuesday.
Cllr Bellarby said at the meeting: “What this application has done is presented Stonehaven with an opportunity and with the social and economical benefits this could bring it outweighs the impact and it should be subject for appoval according to conditions set out.”
Speaking before the meeting on Tuesday the Golden Bear said he was looking forward to a positive outcome.
Jack Nicklaus said: “The stunning natural environment of this location will make for a spectacular golf course, which has the ability to attract people from all over the world.
“As our global reputation as good stewards of the land would indicate, our team’s goal is to not only protect this unique environment, but enhance it for generations to come.
“We have enjoyed designing a course, which blends into the existing scenery and uses every rise and fall to both challenge and entertain golfers.
“We hope that the planning decision is a positive one, and that my next trip to Scotland will be to officially commence the construction of the golf course at Ury.”